New York. 1883. 18pp. of text plus twenty photogravure plates. Large folio. Modern half morocco and cloth. Very good. Item #WRCAM15721
A quite rare late 19th-century work on Mayan iconography, predating the work of Maudslay. Meye and Schmidt evidently investigated the southern Maya sites of Copan and Quirigua in 1877, and first published an account of their expedition the following year. Meye's contribution was entirely as an artist. Schmidt claimed some archaeological knowledge extending back to his work with E.G. Squier in 1852-53. This large folio was issued in German by Asher of Berlin and in London in an English language edition, in 1883. It is likely that this New York edition is simply sheets of the English edition with a cancel titlepage. The NUC lists the two European editions without any locations, and does not note the present one. The plates are not particularly well executed, lacking detail, and its chief interest lies in the early date of creation and its rarity. WINSOR I:194. BERNAL 7929.